- Published on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:42
An SNP MSP will write to the Chief Constable after concern was expressed about police harassment of peace campaigners who were watching the movement of Trident nuclear weapons across Scotland. Bill Kidd said: "It seems to be a waste of police time to be stopping and questioning law-abiding peace campaigners who are simply performing a legitimate public service by keeping a watchful eye on the transport of nuclear weapons along our roads. It appears that the MOD has, without good reason, requested that police officers detain peaceful nuclear disarmers by means of carrying out spurious car searches. I will be writing to the chief constable asking that this unwarranted practise should stop henceforth". Neil Findlay MSP (Labour) also commented, "I fully support the police in their work but they have to be absolutely clear that will not prevent peaceful, law-abiding campaigners from going about their business".
Officers from Police Scotland harassed two groups of peace campaigners in Stirling.
- Published on Monday, 11 January 2016 21:52
A nuclear weapons convoy was filmed 8 times on Saturday 9 January:
3 am Warwickshire video
3.18 pm M74 Hamilton services video
3.40 pm M73 video
5.20 pm Leaving Forthside Barracks Stirling video
5.35 pm Stirling Castle, Stirling Uni CND film video
5.35 pm Stirling Castle, Scottish CND film video
5.37 pm leaving Stirling onto A811 video
6.30 pm Balloch video
- Published on Monday, 11 January 2016 12:18
A controversial car load of soft toys followed a convoy of nuclear warheads along busy roads through Central Scotland on Saturday afternoon. The dangerous furry cargo had picked up the convoy shortly after it crossed the border into Scotland at lunchtime on Saturday. While the Scottish population recklessly pursued their usual Saturday afternoon pursuits of shopping and watching the football four nuclear warhead carriers were driving North at a steady 50 miles per hour. The soft toys travelling in wintry weather, were accompanied by military police with flashing blue lights along the entire route but they were happy to wait patiently while the convoy took a rest at Forthside Barracks in Stirling for an hour, emerging into the football crowds making their way home from the match. Their route took them along the M74, M73, M9, A811 and finally the unmarked 'Haul Road' from Lochlomondside to Coulport, arriving at 7pm.
- Published on Sunday, 27 December 2015 09:36
Writing in the Sunday Herald, Rob Edwards outlines how Trident was a major issue in 2015 and how the vote on renewing Britain's nuclear weapons in 2016 could test the Union to breaking point. He describes how the MOD are spending £4.2 billion on new nuclear-armed submarines before the formal decision has been taken by Westminster. Whistleblower William McNeilly described Trident as a "disaster waiting to happen". His concerns were compounded by official reports showing a sharp rise in incidents at Faslane and how a shortage of key staff was the major risk to the safety of the defence nuclear programme.
- Published on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 10:44
A new poll for TNS confirms Scottish opposition to Trident. It asked "Do you support or oppose the UK Government replacing the existing Trident nuclear weapon system with a new nuclear weapon system?" The results were: oppose 38%, support 29%, neither 26%, don't know 7%. Opposition to Trident was strongest in the under 55 age groups (41-42%) and weakest in the over 55 age group (32%). In the 16-24 age group there was little support for Trident (17%) and significant opposition (37%), but also a large number who neither supported nor opposed (40%). There was less support for Trident among women (21%) than men (38%).
Other polls have shown a higher level of opposition, up to 80%, when the cost involved is included in the question.
Previous attempts to argue that most people in Scotland support Trident have been misleading. (source) They were based on giving three options in a poll, including a cheaper/less powerful alternative which is not on the table, and then combining two of the options. Scottish polls in recent years which have asked a straight question have all found that there are significantly more opposed to Trident than support it.
- Published on Monday, 14 December 2015 11:08
Two articles in the Financial Times provide a new insight into the problems facing the Government’s plan to renew Trident. Both are written by Peggy Hollinger, the paper’s Industry Editor. The front page of the paper says that the Cabinet are considering nationalising the nuclear submarine part of Rolls Royce. The company has issued five profit warnings in two years and there are fears of a foreign take over. Defence Procurement Minister Philip Dunne said the government was “concerned that Rolls Royce ... is capable of performing its nuclear obligations”.
- Published on Thursday, 26 November 2015 15:27
In the light of the Labour Party's abstention in the Trident debate on 24 November, Scottish CND has sent the message below to Jeremy Corbyn.
We are surprised to hear that you abstained in the vote against the renewal of Trident, and we are unhappy that the Labour Party decided to adopt a policy of abstaining on this key moral issue. We have been contacted by a large number of our members concerned about this apparent reversal of your previous position. We are writing to you to give you the opportunity to respond to these concerns.